The Chief Executive Officer Of Ghana National Gas Company, Dr. Ben Asante speaking at the Ghana Oil and Gas Conference at the Marriot Hotel in Accra over the week stated that gas is crucial to the industrialisation agenda of Ghana.
The event was under the theme: Transitioning to a low Carbon Economy and was organised under the auspices of Ghana Upstream Petroleum Chamber
Ghana’s Push for Renewable Energy Transition as the world’s largest industrial and manufacturing base, is no secret.
Over the past four decades, the country’s economy has grown rapidly, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.
It has also become outstanding in many global industries, thereby boosting both its consumption and demand for energy and exceeding that of any other country.
Ghana Gas CEO ,Dr. Ben Asante said, given the pressing impact of climate change, countries across the world need to act quickly and make their own efforts to help mitigate the impact of climate change and ensure a sustainable development model.
Ghana, thereby, has to deal with the challenge of not only acquiring ever-increasing amounts of energy in order to continue economic growth but also making sure that its energy stores increasingly come from renewable methods that are sustainable for the environment.
Dr. Ben Asante added that, Ghana has so far made remarkable progress in its clean energy transition, becoming one of the biggest investors in solar and wind power in the world.
However, 60 percent of the energy it uses still comes from coal-fired power stations.
He said, in 2022, Ghana set up a goal to reach peak carbon emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060. These plans intend to accelerate renewable energy development and reduce the country’s reliance on coal as quickly as possible.